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Super-8 Movie Madness Honors Vincent Price October 7th – Here Are His Ten Best Films

1 October 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’ll be celebrating the 5th year anniversary of Super-8 Movie Madness at The Way Out Club in St. Louis on Tuesday October 7th with an encore performance of our most popular show. It’s Super-8 Vincent Price Movie Madness in 3D, the show that we took on the road to promote Vincentennial back in 2011. We’ll be honoring the hometown horror hero by showing condensed (average length: 15 minutes) versions of several of Price’s greatest films on Super-8 sound film projected on a big screen. They are: Master Of The World, War-gods Of The Deep, Pit And The Pendulum, The Raven, Witchfinder General, Tim Burton’s Vincent, Two Vincent Price Trailer Reels, Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein and The Mad Magician in 3D (We’ll have plenty of 3D Glasses for everyone)

The non-Price movies we’re showing October 7th are The Three Stooges in Pardon My Backfire »

- Tom Stockman

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Altman Review [Tiff 2014]

23 September 2014 10:03 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The films of Robert Altman breathed a certain kind of freedom. Not the American type of “Freedom,” though his movies were always very American. It was an artistic freedom, on one hand – to say, do and tell what he wished – and, on the other, an ability to extend that liberty to the actors on screen. There’s a loose, unwieldy quality to most if not all of Altman’s pictures (they were mostly improvised) that made them stranger-than-fiction – above a mere “representation” of the real world into a sphere of uninterrupted reality. They were tapestries of human behaviour.

You don’t see that in today’s cinema, and when you do it’s not done with the same level of authenticity, maturity and precision (oh, what Boyhood should have gleaned from Short Cuts or even Brewster McCloud!). Too many movies – whether independently made or straight from the maws of Hollywood – usually obsess over technical slickness, »

- Parker Mott

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Billy Crystal and Jimmy Fallon Swap Hilarious Robin Williams Stories

19 September 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

When the world lost comedy legend Robin Williams back in August, Billy Crystal lost his "dearest friend." During his Tonight Show appearance on Thursday, Crystal and host Jimmy Fallon paid tribute to the late comedic genius, swapping their favorite first-hand Williams stories. 

In the above clip, Fallon commends Crystal for his brave, touching Emmy tribute to Williams. "It was really a hard thing," Crystal reflects, noting that the entire crowd was feeling "the same sadness, bewilderment, frustration and this overall 'What?!'

"It was only two weeks after. And to »

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Animation Test For Popeye

18 September 2014 4:20 PM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Best known for creating Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, and the traditionally animated Star Wars: clone wars series, animator Genndy Tartakovsky has been working with Sony Animation Studios for a long time to get an animated Popeye movie off the ground (the second big screen outing for the sailor man after Robert Altman's 1980 live action effort starring the late Robin Williams). While no concrete start date for the project has been given yet (Tartakovsky is busy working on Hotel Transylvania 2, the original marking his feature film directorial debut), the below animation test has be released, giving a good sense of the look of the film. It's an odd look, like play dough mixed with computer animation, but one that just seems to fit the characters. Check it out below. »

- (Tom White)

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Genndy Tartakovsky’s Popeye Animation Test (Video)

18 September 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Director Genndy Tartakovsky is back in the animator’s chair with the new video test from his upcoming film, Popeye.

Popeye the Sailor Man was created by Elzie Crisler Segar and first appeared in the daily King Features comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929 and hit the silver screen first in 1934 in a series of Paramount animated shorts produced by the Fleischer Brothers  and later with a live-action feature film, Popeye, directed by Robert Altman with Robin Williams in the lead role in 1980.

Sony Pictures Animation’s film is the CG adaptation of the famous sailor man’s origin story.

In addition to Popeye, Tartakovsky is also returning to the director’s chair for Hotel Transylvania 2, scheduled for September 2015, which will bring back Adam Sandler’s Dracula.

Tartakovsky himself says, “It’s good to be back at the Hotel Transylvania, and I’m very excited to work on Popeye, »

- Jim Batts

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Sony Animation Gives Fans a Spinach-Free Taste of ‘Popeye’ Movie (Video)

18 September 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Sony Pictures Animation has released test footage from Genndy Tartakovsky's “Popeye,” which won't flex its muscles in theaters until 2016. The studio is giving impatient fans a spinach-free taste of the CGI sailor, who must save his beloved Olive Oyl from the villainous Bluto. Also read: Sony Overhauls ‘Smurfs’ Franchise, Plans ‘Popeye’ Movie Tartakovsky directed “Hotel Transylvania” for Sony Animation and has been fascinated by “Popeye” since he was a boy. David Ronn and Jay Scherick wrote the script based on E.C. Segar's popular comic strip, which first debuted in 1929. Also read: Sony Pictures Animation Developing Faith-Based Movie About »

- Jeff Sneider

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Watch: Sony's New 'Popeye' CG Animation Test

18 September 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The beloved spinach-chomping sailor will return in "Hotel Transylvania" director Tartakovsky's in-the-works animated feature. The nifty animation test below offers a sneak peek at how Sony animators are resurrecting Popeye, who was last on the big screen in Robert Altman's admirably daffy live-action effort in 1980. Tartakovsky was inspired by the iconic black-and-white Fleischer shorts for Paramount in the 1930s. »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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First Look at New CG-Animated 'Popeye' Movie

18 September 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Sony Animation is currently at work on a new CG-animated Popeye from director Genndy Tartakovsky (Hotel Transylvania) and today we get a first look at an animation test for the film based on E.C. Segar's character. Popeye first appeared in the already established "Thimble Theater" comic strip in 1929. Introduced as a walk-on character, Popeye eventually became the strip's star. In 1933, The Fleischers produced animated Popeye cartoons through the 1940s. The film adaptation will be released in 3D and while no plot details are available, Olive Oyl, Bluto, Sea Hag and Pappy will all have an appearance while Swee'Pea will not be showing up in this film. Give the first look a peek below. yt id="M1lzJuwJD9k" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Still Riding The Midnight Express: Exclusive Interview With Billy Hayes

28 August 2014 3:33 AM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Hayes in his one man stage show Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes, which is now on tour.

By Mark Cerulli

“Ne Oldu, Ne Oldu, Veelyam Hayes…” That line from Midnight Express, delivered with swaggering menace by a depraved prison warden (played by the great Paul L. Smith) burned itself into this scribe’s cortex back in 1978. Alan Parker’s iconic film about the real-life ordeal of American student Billy Hayes caught smuggling drugs in Turkey and sentenced to a hellish prison became a cultural phenomenon – not to mention an international box office success. It earned glowing reviews and Oscars for screenwriter Oliver Stone and composer Gorgio Moroder. Hayes even met his wife Wendy at the splashy Cannes premiere. No joy for Turkey, though - there was an international outcry about their seemingly draconian justice system and the country’s once-booming tourism hit the skids hard. The gritty association »

- (Cinema Retro)

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Robin Williams - Our Favorite Memories

18 August 2014 9:53 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

We were all shocked by the tragic news of Robin Williams' unexpected death last week. As tribute to all the times he made us laugh and cry, we’ve decided to share our favorite memories from his storied career.


Any time a person who has had so much impact on so many people’s lives passes away, it is understandably hard to comprehend. Robin Williams was one of these people. He used his talents to become much more than just a comedian. He was an entertainer. As tribute to all of the great accomplishments in his career, we’ve decided to share our favorite memories. Feel free to join us by adding your own.

Victor Medina

I was pretty young when Robin Williams first rose to stardom as Mork from Ork, but I was a dedicated fan. I bought a pair of official Mork suspenders and wore them all the time. »

- (G.S. Perno)

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Martha Thomases: Comic Without Book

15 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Last year, I noticed an ad for Apple. I mean, you can’t not notice them, since they air every few minutes. This one was special, though, quoting someone quoting Walt Whitman. I wondered if it was made by the same agency that made the Patti Smith Levi’s commercial. And I wondered why the unseen narrator sounded so familiar.

It was Robin Williams, from The Dead Poets Society.

As I’m sure you know, Robin Williams died Monday. God, I’m going to miss him

Now is the time when I would like to tell you what good friends we were, but that would be a lie. Instead, I have only loved him since the first times I saw him do his stand-up on television shows. I was lucky enough to see him perform, twice.

The first time, back when John and I were publishing Comedy Magazine (and why »

- Martha Thomases

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Robin Williams Was A Comic Genius, But That Isn’t Very Interesting

13 August 2014 8:09 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

In the short time since Robin Williams passed away, you’ve probably learned more about him than you ever expected. From the wonderful story Norm MacDonald told via Twitter, to all the improvisation that became the roles he played, to his altruistic efforts throughout his life, to statement after statement that he was a comedic genius with film roles, routines, and more offered as evidence.

You can now find clips of his best roles, moments within those roles, sudden cover bits when Ted Talks suffered technical difficulties, and list after list of his best movies, lesser-known movies, greatest hits, favorite recipes, and everything else you can imagine.

I don’t usually go in for things like tributes to celebrities who die, but this one is a little more personal to me, and there seems to be part of the conversation that’s missing. Sure, Robin Williams was hilarious, almost to »

- Marc Eastman

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An emotional 'Ask Drew' looks back at the life and work of the great Robin Williams

13 August 2014 4:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems." - Robin Williams, "World's Greatest Dad" This is a very emotional "Ask Drew." This is, I would suspect, the closest you're ever going to see to me losing it on camera completely. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised when there was a Robin Williams question, since it's still so fresh and so raw for so many people, but I couldn't have known just how hard it would be to talk about him. I mean, I have stared at the blinking cursor on my blank document page for almost two days now, grappling with one question:  how in the hell do you even remotely begin to sum up someone as huge as Robin Williams? We could start from the personal angle. I could tell you about the occasional e-mails I got from him when I was at Ain't It Cool, or the »

- Drew McWeeny

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The Snap: What Robin Williams' Movies Have Taught Us

13 August 2014 4:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Coping with Robin Williams' death is not a simple task, but one way to honor his greatness is to review his incredible movies. In this edition of The Snap, we look at the lessons learned from his films -- from "Popeye" to "Happy Feet." In addition, we'll discuss why "Aladdin" is the gayest of all Disney films. Because it is.  And if you dig that, check out all of The Snap's episodes: Ep. #21: A Tribute to the One Woman in Every All-Male Ensemble Ep. #20: Clueless at Comic-Con Ep. #19: The Comic-Con Preview We Need Ep. #18: We Review Every Celebrity Sex Tape Ep. #17: The Biggest Movie Bombs of 2014 Ep. #16: 25 Reasons to Worship Tilda Swinton Ep. #15: The Secrets of 'Transformers' Ep. #14: What to Know About the 2014 World Cup Ep. #13: The 10 Worst Types of Facebook Status Ep. #12: Why Meryl Streep Needs to Join 'Star Wars' Ep. »

- Louis Virtel

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Looking back at Robin Williams in Robert Altman's underrated ‘Popeye’

13 August 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) The world was saddened to learn of Robin Williams’ passing on Monday, and the circumstances surrounding his death only made it more tragic. Most of us, however, prefer to remember the comedy legend through the times he made us smile. Perhaps it was his goofy silliness as the alien Mork, or his stellar voice work in "Aladdin," or the way he managed to fill out the form of an old lady in "Mrs. Doubtfire." He had loads of dramatic roles as well, from "The Fisher King" to "Dead Poets Society." Williams could make you empathize with the hurting soul underneath the clown, the man behind the facade. For all his versatility — from playing a cartoon bat trying to save the rainforest to a frightening stalker working at a photo booth — it’s a shame Williams was never in a superhero movie, especially in an era when the likes of Robert Redford, »

- Larry Cruz, Comic Book Resources

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16 Robin Williams Movies That Defined His Legendary Career

13 August 2014 9:06 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The world is just, quite simply, not nearly as funny a place now as it was just a few hours ago, before the tragic death of legendary comedian and actor Robin Williams. For nearly 40 years, the man kept us in stitches in ways only he could, with an impeccable delivery and an unmistakable charm that is often mimicked but never equaled.

As the world mourns this comedy legend, we take a look back at our 16 favorite Robin Williams performances, some in classics that are beloved the world over, and some in overlooked and/or underrated gems that deserve to be noticed.

1Popeye (1980)

While some actors spend years paying their dues in thankless guest starring or supporting roles on film and TV, it didn't take Robin Williams long to find a foothold in Hollywood. His appearance as the alien Mork on one episode of Happy Days was so popular it lead »

- MovieWeb

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Robin Williams: The Greatest Late-Night Guest Ever

12 August 2014 4:57 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I don't ever remember a time when Robin Williams wasn't a part of my life. The first movie I ever watched on a constant loop to the point that I broke two VHS copies of it was Williams' 1980 live-action Popeye. It was my jam, and my parents were happy to feed my Popeye obsession because at least the character inspired a three-year-old picky eater to consume spinach. Yet while so many of his roles touched down during crucial moments in my life, the Robin Williams I most enjoyed was the guy who entertained like gangbusters on late-night television.  I'd get into trouble waiting up to watch Williams on The Tonight Show or David Letterman, but he was literally the only person I ever did that for. His appearances on those shows, which came at our most...

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- Erik Davis

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Remembering Robin Williams Across the Country

12 August 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Fans pay tribute to Robin Williams.

Memorials for Robin Williams are being held across the country in places that were significant to the actor's life. Here's a look at some of the places where fans are paying tribute.

Pics: A Look Back at Robin Williams Through The Years

The Good Will Hunting Beach

Memorial at good will hunting bench. #RobinWilliams #RobinWilliamsWillLiveOnForever

— nicholas rabchenuk (@rabbitnutz) August 12, 2014

Nicholas Rabchenuk and his girlfriend went to the bench at Boston Public Garden to pay tribute, and they brought chalk and followers with them. They wrote, "Sorry guys, I went to see about a girl," and "Your move, chief, lines from the movie that earned Robin an Oscar.

News: Good Will Hunting Bench Become Robin Williams Tribute

The Mork and Mindy House

In Boulder, Colorado, the exterior of the house was used in the opening credits for Mork and Mindy.

The Laugh Factory »

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Robin Williams's Best Film Roles: People's Critic Looks Back

12 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Robin Williams was a talent unto himself, able to ricochet from performances that were riotously funny to ones that were extremely sensitive, even somber. The wide, unstoppable mouth expressed the exuberant humor. The eyes - small, watchful and blue - seemed to express the sadness and the thoughtfulness. Here are some of my favorite movies from his eclectic but distinguished career. The World According to Garp (1982). His second movie role (after the unsuccessful Popeye) was as the decent, rather ordinary man living at the heart of novelist John Irving's crazy, violent world.  A lovely, understated and terribly underrated performance. »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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Robin Williams's Best Film Roles: People's Critic Looks Back

12 August 2014 12:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Robin Williams was a talent unto himself, able to ricochet from performances that were riotously funny to ones that were extremely sensitive, even somber. The wide, unstoppable mouth expressed the exuberant humor. The eyes - small, watchful and blue - seemed to express the sadness and the thoughtfulness. Here are some of my favorite movies from his eclectic but distinguished career. The World According to Garp (1982). His second movie role (after the unsuccessful Popeye) was as the decent, rather ordinary man living at the heart of novelist John Irving's crazy, violent world.  A lovely, understated and terribly underrated performance. »

- Tom Gliatto, @gliattoT

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